After setting career highs with 71 tackles and seven sacks in 2016, Akiem Hicks has been named the Bears' defensive player of the year by ChicagoBears.com.
New Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks has brought swagger and attitude to a defense that's determined to produce more takeaways and game-changing plays.
Akiem Hicks is easy spot because of his immense size. But the new Bears defensive lineman is also standing out in practice because of the impact plays he's been making.
Bears fans who attend training camp this summer in Bourbonnais will see an improved defensive line that was bolstered by two key offseason additions.
What's Akiem's app of shame and his favorite emoji? Find out as Hicks plays the Phone Challenge.
Take a look at some of the best plays from Akiem Hicks during the 2016 season.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks speaks with the media after Wednesday's practice at Halas Hall.
Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks speaks with the media after the Bears 30-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.